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January 2, 1981

Diagnostic Ultrasound: Text and Cases

Author Affiliations

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons New York


edited by Dennis A. Sarti and W. Frederick Sample, 708 pp, with illus, $75, Boston, GK Hall & Co, 1980.

JAMA. 1981;245(1):79. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310260057041

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"An ultrasound teaching file" is the editors' description of this large book, and an excellent one it is. Following a concise chapter on basic principles, Diagnostic Ultrasound: Text and Cases is divided according to organ systems. Each chapter contains two major sections. The first is text, four to 19 pages in length, prepared by one of the eight contributing authors or the editors. The text describes ultrasound technique, normal anatomy, and pathological states, followed by generally ample references.

The second section of each chapter is case material, compiled and discussed by the editors. These cases are obtained primarily from the editors' laboratories and no doubt comprise their own fine teaching file. The 1,192 figures illustrating these cases are of uniformly high quality. Their standard presentation and complete labeling provide an uncommon continuity throughout the multiauthored book. Of greatest importance, however, are the editors' interpretative discussions that accompany each case. These